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Handful of schools in Northwest report high lead in water 

BOISE – Ten schools in Oregon had water samples that tested above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s lead limit at some point since 2013, according to an Associated Press analysis of test results reported to the agency. School officials say they’ve responded to protect children’s health, with some turning to bottled water and filtering.

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Fire reveals archaeological sites hundreds of years old 

MALTA, Mont. – One season of research atop bluffs that skirt the Milk River north of here has revealed a collection of 800- to 1,000-year-old historical features and artifacts left by ancient people that are stunning in their breadth and depth. “There’s literally no site like this on the Northern Plains,” said Josh Chase, a Bureau of Land Management archaeologist based in this northeastern Montana community who has led the work.

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Tribes struggle with decades of housing neglect 

They call it Moccasin Flats, though the street sign marks it as Third Avenue Southwest. This neighborhood, just a few blocks away from Browning Elementary School, represents the worst of housing conditions on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

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Campaign to save charter schools spent close to $1.9M 

SEATTLE – A lobbying campaign to save Washington’s charter schools spent nearly $1.9 million to influence the public and state lawmakers, according to documents filed with the state. The campaign got the results advocates were looking for, as the state ...

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Oregon standoff defendant Jake Ryan detained until trial 

PORTLAND – Refuge occupier Jake Ryan will remain in a Portland jail pending trial despite assurances from a Montana sheriff that he would keep an eye on him if returned to that state. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Papak said Thursday he might have granted pre-trial release had Ryan surrendered last month after learning that a grand jury had returned an indictment against him. Instead, Ryan became a fugitive until his arrest Tuesday in Clark County, Washington.

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Hanford subcontractor payment disputed by Energy Department 

RICHLAND – Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor Mission Support Alliance improperly awarded $63.5 million in taxpayer money as profit to a subcontractor with which it shared ownership ties, allegedly allowing two Lockheed Martin-controlled organizations to earn money from the same work, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report. Lockheed Martin is a principal owner of Mission Support Alliance. And Mission Support Alliance subcontracted some work to Lockheed Martin Services, according to a Department of Energy Office of Inspector General audit, the Tri-City Herald reported Thursday.

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Montana bull sold at auction for $350K 

HELENA, Mont. – A Montana bull has sold for $350,000 at auction. The Black Angus known as HA Cowboy Up came from a ranch near Malta and was sold Tuesday to the owners of N Bar Ranch southeast of Lewistown. ...

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Complete interview with Gabe Marks

Our most recent story about prolific Washington State wide receiver Gabe Marks tells the story of a particularly insightful interview we had last spring. That story, "Gabe Marks is a ...

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